OLBG Grand National Charity Bet
A spring like morning in the Cotswolds. I hope it lasts. We did some schooling first lot, followed by lots of cantering for the string. We made some entries for Hereford, one of the meetings put on next week to make up for the recent abandonments.
I imagine it will take some time for quite a few racecourses to recover following the soggy winter.
I think it is great news that the flat staying handicaps are upping their prize money, with the Ebor and Cesarewitch increasing their prize money to the million pound mark. This will have a great knock on effect for the breed, with horses less likely to be exported to Australia for the Melbourne Cup and breeders encouraged to develop stamina in their families.
I’ve always loved the cup races on the flat and personally I don’t think there are enough flat races over two miles or more. I would love to see a three mile flat race in the calendar.
It looks as though it could be a wet Aintree – I hope it dries up a bit for the big race as Blaklion will breathe better following his op on better ground. He and Total Recall look the class acts in the race.
OLBG, sponsors of the Cheltenham Mares Hurdle, have given trainers a £50 charity bet for this year’s Grand National to raise funds for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
I have had my charity bet on Blaklion to win. To see who OLBG are tipping this year, visit their website www.grand-national-guide.co.uk